Carroll, Williams still unsigned

What a difference a couple of days make. The Packers went from facing an empty stable of signed draftees to having almost everyone in the fold. Almost.<p>

The good news is that four of the half-dozen draftees are signed, thanks to Friday's deal with Joey Thomas in time to bring him onto the practice field for the first day of workouts.

The bad news is that of the two remaining unsigned draftees is first-round cornerback Ahmad Carroll.

Carroll, selected 25th overall, and defensive tackle Corey Williams, a sixth-rounder, remain out as training camp gets underway. The rule is no contract, no practice for rookies. If the Packers can strike a deal with Carroll and/or Williams over the weekend, they'll be on board when full practices begin on Monday.

Right now the rookies and first-year payers are practicing without pads and without Head Coach Mike Sherman and key members of his staff. A Packer contingent is in Tusla, Okla. today attending funeral services for Mark Hatley. The team's vice president of football operations died Tuesday of a heart attack.

Brandt, who planned to attend the services, will return to reportedly difficult negotiations with Carroll's agent Eugene Parker, working within the team's $2,733,855 rookie salary cap.


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